$1000 for Rojava Revolution and refugees charities

Solidarity with Rojava revolution and Syrian refugees! A donation of $1000 was shared among different causes and humanitarian organizations. We think that in addition to the urgent need for humanitarian aid to a war-torn region, there is also a growing hope of a revolution that gets underway in Rojava.

Our donation was shared between the following causes (more details below)

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F.A.Q. – Creating your own customized articles

Two types of printing options are available: ink printing (digital direct / D2G) or flex printing (vinyl heat transfer). For more information on the types of available impressions and their different characteristics, click here.

Ink printing (pixel files)


Recommended resolution:
3000x3000px (300DPI)

Maximum file size:
10MB

Accepted file formats:
.PNG (Recommended)
.GIF
.JPG (No transparent background)
BMP (no transparent background)

► Size adjustment:
You can always decrease the image size without loss, whereas increasing the size may result in a distorted and more “pixelisated” result.

 

Transparent background

 Pixel graphics are used as the master copy for Digital Direct printing. These graphics are printed on the shirt exactly as they were uploaded. If your graphic contains a background, this will also be printed as it appears.

A common desire is to print a cropped element of an image without the background. A white background is not sufficient here as printing the design – even on white products – would result in printing the white area as well. This is why the background needs to be transparent so that our printers will ignore it.

 If you do not want the background to be printed on the shirt, you must crop your design (meaning to cut your design from the background). By doing this, you make your design’s background transparent.

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Most graphics editing software programs show transparent backgrounds as a white-gray checkerboard pattern. If you upload a graphic with a transparent background, the color of the shirt will appear in those areas after the printing is finished.

Note: The PNG format is recommended for optimum quality. Most other formats do not recognize transparent zones and automatically add a white background to the graphic while recording.

 

Flex printing (vector files)

Accepted file formats:
.AI
.SVG
.EPS

 ► Image size:
We recommend a maximum size of 11″x11″ (28x28cm) to make your design printable on as many products as possible. The maximum printing area is 15″x15″ (38x38cm).

► Line thickness:
Lines as well as other parts of your design need to have a thickness of at least 1.5mm. The gap between 2 separate areas cannot be less than 1mm.

► Convert to curves and paths:
Objects and texts selected for print must be converted to curves and paths. Pixel graphics cannot be used.

Anchor points:
Use a minimal number of anchor points.
Maximum 2000 anchor points by colors (max 6000 for a 3-colors design)

Colors:
For flex printing, no more than 3 colors can be used. Please note that gradients are not possible. Before creating a design, you should also have a look at the color range available.
Link: creating multi-colored designs for plot printing
Link: list of available colors (flex printing)

Additional informations

Why my image was rejected? Common reasons and assistance
Notes on copyrights
Difference in colors: screen vs. monitor
Increasing image resolution / Reducing file size
Fonts on the T-Shirt Designer
Manufacturers Code of Conduct
Ethical and environmental certifications on products

New t-shirt customization feature + summary of 2015 news

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The new t-shirt designer is here !

T-shirt designer – features overview

  • Ability to change the design print color (flex print only)
  • 200 types of clothing and accessories to customize : t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, handbags, caps, phone cases, pins, etc.
  • White t-shirts with black prints are now possible.
  • Edit a t-shirt to modify the size of the design or where it’s located.
  • Add a print in the back or on the sleeves. Possibility of multiple prints (one front and one back)
  • Add your own text or your own image on our clothes

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Note: A fee of 20% is charged by our printer for custom t-shirts. Total cost is $17.79 per shirt

 

Summary of 2015 news


-> New discounts are available, allowing for up to 15% off orders of at least 10 items. Wholesale prices are also available for 50 or more items.

-> New basket system: the baskets and transaction system has been completely redesigned from scratch to fix some bugs. A wishlist system has also been added.

-> Currency conversion: Our system now automatically detects the local currency (dollar or euro), thanks to geolocation. The system converts currency in real time with the daily exchange rate and then display the prices in your local currency.

-> New “responsive” webdesign : The structure of the website has been redesigned for better display on mobile devices. The interface now adapts to the screen size.

-> Designs identification : each individual t-shirt is now identified by a title and keywords. A search engine will be available to easily find what you are looking for.

-> New designs : new designers were hired to revitalize our inventory with about 300 new designs.

-> Several aspects of the interface has also been upgraded, many new features have been added to the back-end and we updated our security system.

We had to put our donations on hold to cover the cost of these major investments in our system, but we will be announcing new donations very soon.

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New responsive webdesign

 

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New shopping cart system

Wholesale quantity discounts – up to 75% OFF

Using print on demand production model makes it challenging for us to offer competitive wholesale prices compared to screen-printing because each t-shirt is printed individually and we pay the same production cost, whether we print 1 or 100 t-shirts. Considering that the profit margins are lower than average using this printing method, it limits our options for discounts on large quantities. To learn more, please see the following blog article: Why are we using print on demand?

However, orders of minimum 50 t-shirts with the same design are eligible to wholesale screen-printing discounts ranging from 50% up to 75%.

 

Option #1 – Quantity discounts using print-on-demand

Combine products, designs and printing techniques at will. All items from our shop are eligible for quantity discounts, including customized clothing.

  • 10% off orders of 10 articles or more using promotion code MOLOTOV10
  • 15% off orders of 25 articles or more using promotion code MOLOTOV15
  • 25% off orders of 40 articles or more after adding our additional cash back discount (details below)
  • Equivalent to free shipping plus a discount on the order the total reduction exceed the shipping costs

On top of the usual promotions, we offer an additional 10% cash back discount on orders of 40 items or more, which gives you a total discount of 25%. Just checkout using promotion code MOLOTOV15 to get an automatic discount of 15%, then contact us after placing the order on the website and we will refund an additional 10% on each article, so in total, you get 25% OFF.

Note: Coupon codes from promotion campaigns may not be used in combination with the volume discount. See full terms & conditions.

 

Option #2 – Wholesale t-shirts screen-printing (50+ with same design)

  • Orders of 50+ items with the same design are eligible for wholesale screen-printing starting at 50% discount
  • Up to 75% discount on large orders
  • Pick a design from our shop or use your own image
  • Free delivery in the United States. International orders will be required to pay shipping costs.

QuantityUnit priceDiscount
50+ t-shirts$7.7550%
100+ t-shirts$6.9755%
200+ t-shirts$6.1260%
300+ t-shirts$5.4265%
400+ t-shirts$5.1567%
500+ t-shirts$4.9568%
700+ t-shirts$4.6570%
1000+ t-shirts$3.8775%

Contact us for more information

Notes: Pricings are based on 1-color screen-print with Gildan Standard T-Shirt (Unisex, 100% Cotton). Size range S-M-L-XL-XXL.
Please allow from 5 to 14 days for production and shipping.

All sales are final – our return policy does not apply to bulk orders.

Discounts for activist organizations

We also offer special discounts for non-profit activist organizations. Click here to learn more.

 


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Donation to Women On Waves, pro-choice feminists

A new donation is added to the list as part of our support to feminist struggles. Women On Waves is a Dutch pro-choice organization that specializes in providing safe abortion means for women living in countries where abortion is illegal. Some of these services are offered on a boat that has a custom-built mobile abortion clinic.

As the Pussy Riot support ceased shortly after their release, the sales of our feminist t-shirts will now be used to fund this organization. We have just sent the first donation of $300.

Mobile abortion clinic

When wow2Women On Waves visits a country criminalizing abortion, women requesting this service are loaded on the ship to sail in international waters. The application of national criminal laws, and therefore abortion laws, extends only to territorial waters; beyond 12 miles (or 2 hours of navigation), it is Dutch law that applies aboard the boat, making it possible to offer safe and legal abortion services.

Women On Waves was created in 1999 by the physicist Rebecca Gomperts. Volunteers have made trips in Ireland (2001), Poland (2003), Portugal (2004), Spain (2008) and Morocco (2012). The activities in Portugal contributed to the legalization of abortion in February 2007.

 

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Your images on our t-shirts: how to contribute to the shop?

The shop is a self-managed open collective, which means that any person sympathetic to libertarian causes can contribute to the project by submitting one or more graphic(s) to be printed on t-shirts.
Since a couple of years, many of the designs in our inventory come from these contributions. If you are interested to participate too, here are the steps to follow.

 

How to contribute ?

Contact us and send your graphics to the following address:
shop [at] no-gods-no-masters [dot] com

We only accept graphics that you personally created or that you own the rights to use.

 

What do I get ?

Being a non-profit shop whose sole purpose is to raise money for libertarian causes, most graphical contributions are made on a voluntary basis. In return, the store offers all its contributors discounts on all items (at production cost)

However, if a graphic is selling well the store may offer a counterpart:
Free t-shirt(s), produced and shipped at our expense
– In some cases, revenue sharing on sales
– Buying the rights from you

Shipping free t-shirt(s) is only possible when there has been enough sales to cover the cost of production and delivery of the t-shirt(s), which may take some time.

 

Technical details

Two printing options are available:

Vinyl printing (flexography)

Type: Vector design
Color: One color without gradients
File: .AI or .SVG or .EPS
Size: Maximum 11″x11″ (28x28cm)
Maximum 2,000 anchor points
Minimum line thickness of 1.5mm
Minimum distance of 1mm between 2 lines
Not too many negative spaces (eg holes within a row)

Digital printing standard

Type: Pixel design (non-vector)
Color: unlimited with transparent background
File: PNG file with transparency
Size: 3000×3000 pixels

 

Process and legal details

After sending us the image(s), they will be reviewed by the collective. If accepted, they will be made available on the shop with the next wave of new additions, usually within a month. If the graphic(s) does not get any sale after a while, it may eventually be removed from the store.

The artist stays the legal owner of his graphic we do not sign a contract to transfer the rights. The artist can continue to use its graphics elsewhere or authorize others to use it to sell products.

Be aware that No-Gods-No-Masters.com labels its graphics as “creative commons” license, which opposes copyrights by allowing the reuse of graphics as long as it is not sold for profit.

The permanent collective


The collective is distinguished from contributors since it involves active participation and to take part in the self-management of the shop. In contrast, a contributor only sends graphics without getting involved in depth.

Those who contribute regulary can apply to join the self-managed collective to participate in decision-making and be involved in the management tasks.

The members of the team are displayed on this page:
http://www.nidieu-ni-maitre.com/blog/presentationofourequipe/

Full funding of Anarcho-Punk.net & Resistance Network

Since 2009, No-Gods-No-Masters.com pays the entire cost of Resistance Network’s servers, which provides IT infrastructures to host a multitude of anarchists and countercultural websites.

In the past, the network was trying to fund itself through donations from members but was receiving very few money and the server bills had to be paid by the administrators. As time progressed the server costs kept increasing due to the growing popularity of the web sites, the expansion of the network and additional projects.

In 2009, the members of the communities voted to replace the donations by a t-shirts shop and thus was born No-Gods-No-Masters.com. Two years later, several artists joined the collective and the project had exceeded all expectations by successfully funding Resistance Network but also to amass a surplus of income. It was decided to stay non-profit shop and donate the additional profit to other organizations.

Thus, this shop was born through the will of self-funding Resistance Network but has now become autonomous with its own self-managed collective. However, funding for Resistance Network will always remain our primary financial commitment.

 

What is Resistance Network ?

Resistance Network consists mainly of the following websites:

Pirate-Punk.net : Music downloads database hosting nearly 20,000 albums and a french-speaking community for punks & skins with 25,000 members. Active since 2008.

AnarchoPunk.net : The biggest archive of anarchist music (over 5000 albums) and an international anarcho-punk community active since 2009, counting almost 20,000 members.

QuebecUnderground.net : The largest database of underground music from Quebec. Active since 2008.

 Resistance.tk : French anarchist forums, tools for activists and publishing of subversive material. Active since 2005.

 Resistance Webzine : French anarchist news journal.

Pirate-Punk.net Compilation and AnarchoPunk.net compilation : Music compilations available for sale and for free download, promoting file-sharing and anti-capitalism.

Hosting of other activist and counter-cultural websites associated with the Network and hosted on our servers.

 

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Why are we using print-on-demand?

Every product you order here is an individual item, printed on demand and manufactured by hand for you. That’s what distinguishes us from other e-commerce retailers. Here are the reasons why we use this production mode.

 

Against the commercial approach

Our activist cooperative is not a supermarket devoted to the over-consumption of t-shirts. Although we offer many different products, we do not hold any inventory and we don’t have a storefront. We could view it as we’re offering a service rather than selling something – you choose your design and clothing type, then we print it for you.

By printing on-demand according to orders, we can offer virtually unlimited designs choices because the printing process takes place only after a purchase. This production model makes it possible to offer a wide variety of designs covering a larger range of social themes that represent all struggles and social causes, even the lesser known. That’s why we have such a large products range, colors options and sizes, without risking over-production or waste.

Unlike us, conventional clothing shops usually use classic screen-printing as printing method. This method requires large investments to print batchs of hundreds of t-shirts, which would greatly limits the quantity of designs available for sale and their colors options. Batch screen-printing, with its minimum quantity constraints, usually puts shops in a position where they’re forced to focus only on the best-selling designs to lower the investment’s risk – and that’s exactly this mainstream capitalist logic that we want to avoid reproducing. We prefer variety rather than popularity dictated by market trends.

 

A question of budget and logistic

As a small cooperative who started with a very small budget, the economic factor was the main reason that guided our choice, since on-demand printing requires no major investment and minimizes the costs associated with our operations. More importantly, it guarantees our autonomy so that we don’t have to take huge loans from the banks and pay interests with our customer’s money.

The primary purpose why this shop was started was to raise funds for donations to activist causes. If we had chosen to multiply investments and take loans, we would spend more time repaying our debts rather than raising money to make donations – which would mean turning the shop into a capitalist business just like any other.

We currently offer a selection of over 3000 different designs available on 10 types of clothing and about 10 colors options. The average cost per unit with batch screen-printing would be around $5.00 for 100 t-shirts.
Imagine the incredible investment it would represent: 3000*10*10*$5*100 = $150,000,000. It means we would have to invest an incredible amount of 150 million of dollars to maintain our current inventory with screen-printing. This estimate doesn’t accounts higher priced products (like hoodies) and the costs related to inventory storage.

Holding no inventory makes it possible to constantly change our catalog by adding new designs and removing those that never gets sold after a while. On the other hand, screen-printing would force us to keep only the best selling t-shirts since we would have to invest a lot of money to print them in large batches.

 

The shipping factor

Another factor that significantly influenced our decision to opt for on-demand printing is our partnership with a printing company located in USA. The postal services in the United States have much lower pricing for international shipping compared to other countries. It would cost more than double of the current fees to ship the t-shirts from Canada or FranceSo even if we’re losing money due to the higher production costs, it allows us to offer lower shipping prices. 

 

The disadvantage of higher production cost

For us, this choice also has some disadvantages, mainly its higher than average production cost. Since each shirt is individually printed, we pay a production cost on a per-unit basis, unlike screen-printing which provides discounted wholesale price. In other words, this means that our production cost is always the same whether we product 1 or 100 t-shirts. Smaller margins makes it very challenging for us to offer competitive wholesale pricing and quantity discounts.

 

Towards autonomy and self-sufficiency – our projects for the future

Not having the financial means to buy our own machines, we went for a partnership with an american printing company. In the long term, we hope to be able of self-sustaining our production means by buying our own printing machines (DTG on-demand digital printer and Flex printer) and other equipements.

But this represents an investment of several thousands dollars and serious logistic challenges. However, we are always pushing things further and we are confident that the cooperative will continue to evolve in a positive way while showing it’s possible to do things differently.

$1000 humanitarian donation for Palestine war victims

Wavering between three different causes for our next donation (Palestine / Ferguson / IWW), we finally passed the decision to vote (here, here and here). The result is a large majority in favor of support for Palestine due to the recent events.

Deeply in solidarity with the Palestinian cause, No-Gods-No-Masters.com pledged last year to support the organization Anarchists Against The Wall.
Given the urgency of the humanitarian situation in Palestine following the recent Israeli offensive against Gaza, we are now announcing the addition of new donations to the Palestinian cause. During the last month, more than half the territory of Gaza was destroyed by bombs, including schools and hospitals. Add to that the lack of clean water, electricity, and basic humanitarian assistance.

We have donated $1000 in support of the Palestinian cause. The amount is shared between five different organizations:
– Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)
– Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF)
UNICEF – Palestine Section
Medical Aid For Palestinians (MAP)
Gaza Legal Defence Fund (Palestinian Centre for Human Rights)

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Eco-responsibility, environment-friendly practices and use of non-chemical inks

We use only natural inks, free from any chemicals.

Most printers use plastisol ink consisting of chemicals derived from petroleum. Although being more simple to use, plastisol inks contain PVC and phthalates, two dangerous chemicals very damaging to the environment and have been linked to numerous medical disorders. The plastisol inks also require the use of harmful solvents in the printing process and various ozone-depleting chemicals that contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Our inks do not contain PVC or phthalates and don’t need solvents to clean the screens down after they’ve been used. Only water is used throughout the process – from printing to cleaning.

Our inks do not contain any chemicals known to contribute to the greenhouse effect and ozone depletion, unlike many products commonly used in other types of inks such as chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC), aromatic hydrocarbons or other volatile solventsThey don’t contain lead or any heavy metals. In fact, Permaset Aqua inks do not contain any toxic chemicals at all ! Not even mineral turpentine like other water based inks on the market.

Sources: [1] – [2]

 

Eco-friendly certifications

Our ink is approved by the highest industry standards for environmentally certified and health safety.

 

Validated by Oeko-Tex Class 1, the highest standard for green certification

Certified by the Global Organic Textile (GOTS-3V) for its 100% organic content without chemicals

Meets the standards of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)

Approved by the Residues Standard List (RSL)

Certified risk-free for health, even for babies under 3 years

 100% vegan. Not tested on animals. Contains no animal products or animal by-products.

 Vegetable extracts are certified GMO free.

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Sources: [1][2] – [3]

 

Powered by Green Energy

Worried to minimize its impact on the environment by any means possible, we use only 100% green energy powered web servers.

Furthermore, In addition, all the clothing we use is manufactured in factories that consume significant amounts of green electricity via renewable energy sources. The manufacturers are also committed to reducing energy consumption with transparent goals and targets.

Sources: [1][2] – [3] – [4]

 

Eco-responsible manufacturing of t-shirts

We offer locally produced t-shirts like American Apparel which use up to 80% organic cotton. The whole chain of production is located in the same place, thus minimizing the carbon footprint. All waste is recycled by the factory and the manufacturing plant is powered by solar energy.

Even for our regular t-shirts, we made sure that the manufacturers we use have strong eco-friendly policies in place in order to reduce the environmental impact and preserve the natural resources used in the manufacturing processes.

 

Manufacturers commitments to environmental sustainability:

 

ENERGY – Improving energy efficiency and reducing manufacturer’s reliance on fossil fuels by finding alternate sustainable energy sources and production processes.

 

WATER – Optimizing manufacturer’s water use throughout environmental processes such as minimizing water use and enhancing the quality of wastewater management.

 

CO2 EMISSIONS – Reducing manufacturer’s greenhouse gas emissions through energy conservation efforts and finding alternate sustainable energy sources.

 

WASTE REDUCTION – Reducing waste through recycling and the establishment of waste prevention measures at all stages of the production cycle.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE – The manufacturers comply with all applicable environmental protection laws and implemented a number of audits, evaluation and verification methods to ensure that they are compliant with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, as well as the internal Environmental Policy.

 

OEKO-TEX CERTIFICATION – The manufacturers are certified by OEKO-TEX, the most internationally recognized seal, ensuring that the fabric is eco-friendly and that the company complies with substances harmful to the environment.

 

Our supplier insists that all business partners obtain the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification. This unique certification provides the textile and clothing industry with a globally uniform standard for the objective assessment of the presence of harmful substances. Raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of processing throughout the manufacturing chain, including accessories, are tested and certified. The laboratory tests currently comprise around 100 human, ecological and performance-related test parameters based on international test standards and other recognized testing procedures.

Sources: [1][2][3][4][5][6][7] – [8]

 

About our organic cotton products:

Our organic t-shirts are all made with organic cotton certified under the USDA National Organic Program. Some of the environmental benefits of organic cotton include:

Reduction in the amount of chemicals entering the air, ground and water;

The use of farming methods such as crop rotation as a natural way to preserve the soil, avoid pests and cover crops to fertilize the soil;

The use of insects and other organisms to control pest populations. In addition, the weeding is managed mechanically or by hand rather than using chemical means;

Avoidance of the use of genetically modified seeds.

 

Sources: [1][2]